BookReview: Breathe by Elena Dillon

Elena Dillon Hello guys, I am back and I wanted to share my review of Breathe by Elena Dillon. I received a reviewer’s copy through the awesome book group on Goodreads, We Loves YA Books! If you haven’t checked Goodreads or the fantabulous book groups then you must go now!:O)

Okay on with the sharing….


Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles.  She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.

A self-proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends.  They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.


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Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl.  It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught.  That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over.  Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way.  Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction.  On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is.  Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening.  Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time?  Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not

My Thoughts (Review)

Breathe follows the life of High School junior Jasmine as she attempts not only to navigate the difficult waters of teen life and high school; but she is also attempting to begin a new normal with her family, who had been struck with the tragic loss of her older sister, Daisy. The death of her sister was made even more heartwrenching due to Daisy was murdered, and the killer never caught. So to begin afresh, Jasmine and her mom, and younger twin siblings, a sister and brother start over fresh. They make the move from LA to Lousiana. Things are different there, but soon Jasmine, begins to almost feel like a normal teen again. She gains friends, as well as the heart of the most popular, and hottest guy in school. She begins to find herself, but Jasmine’s world is thrown askew again, when the signs that what she hoped to have left in LA and the past, may be haunting her in her new home.

Breathe, had a wondeful “feel” to it. I know that’s very hard to explain, but I love novels, or stories, that have a somewhat “gothic” atmospehere. Gothic not in the sense of castles, or paranormal creatures. But that of the steamy, Old World  Lousiana landscape, mysterious events and very passionate,handsome special someones; add in cryptic characters and murder, and yep, Author Elena Dillon had me at the first chapter.

The story was paced perfectly, starting in the aftermath of the tragedy and the beginning of the new life. We moved swiftly into Jasmine’s becoming immersed in the schools matrix, and right into the action that carried the reader to the end. There was not a lag, where the reader could be bored. Between the sprinkles of suspense, when Jasmine begins to receive the threatening calls, and creepy items that mimicked her sister’s experience; Author Elena Dillion balanced extremely well, alternating scenes between the dark threat of danger and the  blossoming passion between Jasmine and Easton; who was described as beautiful, (and in my mind’s eye) a younger version of Ian Somehalder(Damon from The Vampire Diaries); I was carried through the story quite expertly.

(Not sure if this was the author’s goal, but was sure what I was thinking of!)


(My idea of Easton)

Ian Somehalder

Although labeled as YA, the story would capture the interest of anyone who loves mystery-suspense and a good love story combined.

I enjoyed this book immensley and will look forward to more work from this author!

Recommended for Teens/Adults (Parental Guidance is suggested for younger teens,due to subject matter)  Violence/Murder references


7 thoughts on “BookReview: Breathe by Elena Dillon

    • Yes, I believe you would love the atmosphere of the book,and the term I was looking for was Southern Gothic!!! Meaning not the paranormal type, but more the lush, languid,mysterious kind…Anyway, it was very good!

    • Another author used it (Southern Gothic) on the radio show yesterday and I was like in my head….THAT was the term I knew I meant and just could not remember the exact term:) anyway, wow random, yes, very good book!

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